Efficacy of antimicrobial activity of garlic extracts on bacterial pathogens commonly found to contaminate meat

  • L Njue
  • LW Kanja
  • JN Ombui
  • JG Nduhiu
  • D Obiero

Abstract

Background: Meat is a major source of food and raw materials for a number of industries, yet a lot of meat is wasted each year due to  deterioration as a result of spoilage by microorganisms such as Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, Moraxella, Bacillus, Campylobacter,
Escherichia, Listeria, Clostridium, Salmonella and Staphylococcus species.
Objective: To determine efficacy of antimicrobial activity of garlic extracts on bacterial pathogens commonly found to contaminate meat.
Design: A cross sectional study.
Setting: The Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Nairobi.
Subjects: Garlic from Nganoini farm in Laikipia County, Kenya
Results: The results indicated that garlic absolute ethanol extract had the highest efficacy of antimicrobial activity inhibiting all test micro-organisms.
Conclusion: Ethanolic extract can be used as a meat preservative or decontaminant.
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